"The bull" (1925), Tarsila. Disclosure.

EIn partnership with the São Paulo Museum of Art Assis Chateaubriand (MASP), Casa Roberto Marinho presents the retrospective Maria Martins: imaginative desire. Curated by Isabella Rjeille and jointly curated by Fernanda Lopes, the show brings together around 40 works (sculptures, engravings, drawings and paintings) produced between the 1940s and 1950s, in addition to documents, publications and photographs that contextualize the trajectory of the mining artist.

"L'Impossible" (1940), Maria Martins. Publicity / Photo Vicente de Mello.
“L'Impossible” (1940), Maria Martins. Publicity / Photo Vicente de Mello.

“It is the largest exhibition dedicated to the work of Maria in Rio de Janeiro, since her retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in 1956”, reveals Fernanda Lopes. “It is very interesting to show your work in 2022, the year in which the centenary of the Week of Modern Art is celebrated. She, like Goeldi and Flavio de Carvalho, represents another idea of ​​the tropics, a darker modern that subverts what is docile and pleasant in the eyes of the viewer. In her work, there is no supposed cordial varnish of a solar Brazil.”

imaginative desire It is divided into six sections that address how the artist articulated, throughout her production, the different imaginaries about Brazil and the tropics. The exhibition includes expanded captions of the works, offering information about the artist's trajectory and presenting new readings of her work. The exhibition ends with a complete extended chronology up to the present day.

The exposure Flows of Modern, due to the centenary of the Semana de 22, is curated by Lauro Cavalcanti, director of institute, and brings together 43 works from the collection, produced between the years 1910 and 1940. There are, in all, 12 names presented in the show: Alberto da Veiga Guignard (1896-1962), Anita Malfatti (1889-1964), Candido Portinari (1903 -1962), Di Cavalcanti (1897-1976), Ismael Nery (1900-1934), José Pancetti (1902-1958), Lasar Segall (1889-1957), Milton Dacosta (1915-1988), Roberto Rodrigues (1906-1929) ), Tarsila do Amaral (1886-1973), Victor Brecheret (1894-1955) and Vittorio Gobbis (1894-1968).

The exhibition opens with expressions that go back to the beginnings of the movement, such as caricatures and illustrations that present themselves as a favorable path to the installation of the modern. Then the visitor meets Candido Portinari, Di Cavalcanti and Guignard. The metaphysical reflections of Ismael Nery, one of the artists most present in the Casa Roberto Marinho Collection, are also part of the collective.

Paintings by Anita Malfatti, Milton Dacosta and Di Cavalcanti will be exhibited for the first time at the Casa – since its inauguration as a cultural institute in April 2018. by the writer and playwright Nelson Rodrigues. Three sculptures by Brecheret, the famous canvas The bull (Landscape with bull), ç. 1925, by Tarsila do Amaral, and paintings by Pancetti and Vittorio Gobbis make up the selection.

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